PASCAL Chimbonda has warned his Doncaster Rovers team-mates to beware of a Middlesbrough backlash as they bid to climb away from the foot of the Championship table.
High-flying Boro head to the Keepmoat Stadium tomorrow night looking to make amends following a 3-0 defeat at table-topping Southampton on Saturday.
It was just Tony Mowbray’s side second loss in 14 league outings and the heavy reversal saw them drop to fourth in the division, three points behind West Ham United in the final automatic promotion berth.
Although buoyed by a 1-1 draw with Coventry City which ended Rovers three-match losing streak, Chimbonda is refusing to underestimate the danger posed by Boro.
“It will be a tough game and we have to be up for the fight,” the defender told The Star. “They (Middlesbrough) will want a good result after what happened over the weekend so we have to be ready for that.
“Every game is hard in this league; you don’t get lots of time on the ball so we have to keep fighting.”
James Hayter cancelled out Sammy Clingan’s first-half opener to secure a point for Dean Saunders battlers. Only goal difference keeps Rovers above Bristol City in the second tier of English football but Chimbonda feels the team are heading in the right direction.
“We were disappointed not to win as we want to win our home games,” he said.
“It was important not to lose. We fought back well and hopefully we can keep it going on Tuesday.
“If we play like we did in the second half against Coventry, I think we will get a good result against Middlesbrough.”
Guadeloupe-born Chimbonda became Saunders first signing in September and is set to stay with the strugglers until the January transfer window.
The French full-back, who can operate at centre-back, was a free agent after being released by Queens Park Rangers in April.
Of Chimbonda’s home debut, Saunders said: “He was different class and the best player on the pitch. He didn’t give the ball away once. He got caught a couple of times late on with a bit of fatigue and they caught us on the break when we were trying to win the game but we got away with it.”